I've never been more creative than flowers or a telephone call for Mother's Day, so this year I thought I'd give Legacy's Mother's Tree a try. With a nice quote, background, and pictures of my mother's mothers, I might just surprise my mother this year (unless she reads this article first).
This chart (click on the image to enlarge) was created with Legacy Charting. Here's how I did it:
1) With my mother selected in Legacy's family view, I clicked on the Charting button in the main toolbar.
2) Then I selected the Mother's Tree chart. This chart begins with the selected person, then creates a tree with her mother, then her mother's mother, then her mother's mother's mother, and so on until there are no more mothers. Mine ended with Sophronia Kintz born in 1810.
3) The chart also includes the spouses of each of the mothers, but I only wanted to display the females. So, I marked each of the men in the chart as being private. To do this, in the Individual's Information screen in Legacy, click on the Privacy Settings button and mark each person as Private.
Then, in Legacy Charting, click on the Privacy Options button:
This will remove all of the husbands so you have a line of mothers.
4) On the Appearance tab, click on the Background button to add the background of your choice. I chose a background that complemented the quote I added.
5) To add the quote, click on the Insert tab and click on the Text button. I loved the quote: "If I had a flower for each time I thought of My Mother, I could walk in my garden forever."
6) Publish - you can choose to print the chart, export it to an image, email the chart, or have the Legacy chart printing service print a nice chart for you. Which do you think would impress Mom the most?
The thing about mothers, though, is that even if we forgot about their big day, they would still love us. That's just how they are. But if we want to be included in their will, we'd better give them something nice - like a Mother's Tree produced by Legacy Family Tree. :)